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Chelsea striker Izzy Brown, on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion in this campaign, is out for season after a knee ligament injury occurred in the FA Cup clash against Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old is now expected to return to his parent club where he will undergo surgery, before a programme of rehabilitation.

Brown commented on his Instagram profile:

“Not the news I wanted to hear,” he wrote on his post.

“I will come back fitter and stronger and hopefully be ready for the new season.

“Thank you to everyone at Brighton for the love and support they showed towards me, the fans, the staff, & all the players. I’ve met some amazing people here & these memories will be with me forever.”

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According to The Sun on Sunday Real Madrid eyed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as the possible Zinedine Zidane substitute, should the Frenchman leave the Champions of Europe next summer.

The Merengues manager deal will end next June and the chairman Florentino Perez could decide to let him go.

Conte signed an improved contract at Chelsea last summer but that did not extend the terms of the agreement past the 2018/19 season.

The Blues boss currently earns £10million a season and would likely demand a similar wage in Madrid.

AC Milan were early frontrunners to appoint the Italian coach but their recent woes make a move to the Serie A side not possible for now.

Conte’s relationship with the Chelsea board is not the best at the moment and the former Juventus coach could decide to step out of Stamford Bridge, with Carlo Ancelotti waiting on the sidelines for a return.

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David Luiz has been out of the squad for more than one month- apparently for a knee injury- even if speculations claim the Brazilian defender fell out with manager Antonio Conte.

Speaking about the former PSG player conditions in his press conference today the Italian boss explained:

“He’s got a big inflammation in his knee and we’re trying to solve this issue with the doctors, but I don’t know when he is able to come back with us, the medical department is trying to solve this.

“He’s working apart, the last days he was working in the swimming-pool, today he was on the pitch to run but he could do that very slowly.

“Every player is frustrated when he doesn’t play, especially when you got an injury, every player wants to take part to training sessions, they want the coach to have issues for his choices.

“Of course it’s frustrating because you cannot be in contention for the competition.”

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Chelsea qualify to Champions League last 16 as second in their group, with AS Roma topping the table with the same points ( 11) thanks to the 3-0 win in Italy one month ago.

Despite playing a good game and creating many dangerous chances the Blues were not able to overcome the Spanish side, who relegate to Europa League after finish third in the Group A table.

Antonio Conte‘s team produced 15 shots in tonight clash, 8 of whom on target, but after missing chances with Alvaro Morata ( two times) and Davide Zappacosta ( once) they were able to equalise only thanks to an own goal by Savic, who deflected a shot by Eden Hazard, again the man of the match.

Atletico controlled the game in the first part but were never really dangerous, while Morata missed the target twice and Zappacosta had a nice attempt saved by Jan Oblak.

The Colchoneros seemed more determined in the second half and after hitting the post with former Blues left-back Filipe Luis ( Koke’s header on the rebound was blocked by Thibaut Courtois) took the lead at 52′ when Saul Niguez‘s header entered the goal after another former Blues, Fernando Torres, assisted him after a corner kicked from the left, with Tiemoué Bakayoko forgetting to man marking him.

The Diego Simeone‘s side dream to reach the qualification ( they were depending, anyway, on Roma’s score, who had not to win against Qarabag at home) ended when Savic deflected a shot from the left by Hazard in his own goal.

After that, Morata and Willian incredibly missed a couple of good chances to give Chelsea the three points needed to win the group.

The Last 16 draw will take place next Monday 11 December at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists that David Luiz is still on the sidelines because of a knee injury.

The Brazilian defender has reportedly fell off with the Italian manager, but Conte claims the former PSG and Benfica player has been fighting with a knee issue for a month:

“He’s having treatment in his knee,” Conte said ahead of Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

“It’s not simple to understand how much longer [he will have this] injury but at the same time I think the doctors are doing the best to try and allow him to recover very soon.”

Luiz has skipped also today’s training session with his team-mates and he has been training alone for the last two weeks to try to recover from this knee injury, but since he had issues with Conte in the last month – he was even left out of the game squad against Manchester United – speculations have mounted about the defender been left out of the first team squad for his misunderstandings with the Blues boss.

 

 

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Antonio Conte reveals that he was forced to leave David Luiz out the squad selected for Swansea clash because of a knee issue suffered by the Brazilian defender:

“Now it is very difficult. He had liquid in his knee and we have to assess his recovery on the time,” the Italian manager explained after the 1-0  win over the Welsh side.

“I hope to not lose him for a lot of time and I need to have all my players.”

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LIVERPOOL

– Joel Matip is a doubt for the hosts with a thigh strai

– Adam Lallana should be fit as he battles a similar issue

– Nathaniel Clyne remains out with a long-term back problem

CHELSEA

– Victor Moses is available following a six-week absence

– Michy Batshuayi is out for an ankle injury

– Charly Musonda jr. Is out for a knee injury

– Kenedy is out for an undisclosed issue

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

 

LIVERPOOL – Mignolet; Milner, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Firmino, Mane-

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

CHELSEA – Courtois; Christensen, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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The Times revealed the reason why David Luiz was punished by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last weekend, when the Italian manager left the Brazilian defender out of the squad who faced Manchester United and sent him to the stands to watch the game. Luiz was also told to train alone the morning of the game.

According to the English newspaper the relationship between Conte and Luiz was ruined because of the ex PSG player close friendship with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Blues boss was also upset with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas‘ conduct following last week heavy defeat to Roma, but Luiz was the player most seriously punished.

The report suggests that the former Paris Saint-Germain ace is concerned that his close association with the current Atletico Madrid striker played a big part in his manager’s decision, having attempted to play peacemaker between the two men earlier this year.

Conte informed Costa via sms at the end of last season that he was no longer in his plans at Chelsea, which is said to have left certain squad members, including David Luiz, unhappy.

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Michael Emenalo has resigned as Chelsea technical director, this is the breaking news The Indipendent reported exclusively.

While speculation has been raging over the future of head coach Antonio Conte, Emenalo has decided to bring his 10-year association with the club to an end.

The move may be viewed in some quarters as a victory for Conte, but Emenalo has remained supportive of the Italian who he helped to appoint last year.

Emenalo’s decision is a huge blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who counted the 52-year-old among the few people he trusts and takes advice from.

We read in the exclusive report by Matt Law, that continues:

“With his help, Chelsea have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League while Emenalo has been at the club.

Conte is the 10th manager Emenalo has worked with and the former Notts County player has been a vital element of the Abramovich era.

Abramovich visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground last week, when it is likely Emenalo will have discussed the matter with the Russian.”

The sudden decision comes just one day after the important win Chelsea obtained against Manchester United last Sunday, a success that gave Conte and the team more confidence and trust.

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Chelsea are really concerned for N’Golo Kantè fitness after the French midfielder picked up a hamstring injury while away on international duty with France.

Kante was forced off in the 34th minute of France’s victory over Bulgaria on Saturday night and has now been assessed by Blues’ medical department.

With early predictions putting his absence at two to three weeks, Kante will surely miss next Saturday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

 The Blues are yet to confirm his exact injury or put an official timescale on how long he will miss.

However, Kante’s injury is thought to be worse than that of team-mate Alvaro Morata, who limped off during Manchester City game a couple of weeks ago but is working to try to come back in the Champions League clash against AS Roma next week.

The fear of Chelsea is that Kante, a key-man for Conte’s team, could miss all the six matches scheduled for October and could come back only in November, on time for Manchester United on the 5th or after another international break due for mid-month.

 

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